Gerard Gilbert

Gerard Gilbert is a television and feature writer for The Independent.

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The power and the gory: ‘Penny Dreadful’ is the latest in a long line of splatter-happy TV shows to hit our screens

Do we need so much shock and gore on TV?

As the latest splatter-happy show starts on the small screen, Gerard Gilbert wonders why viewers, far from being sated, are still baying for blood and guts

Meet the showrunners: From Steven Moffat to Toby Whithouse, how did writers end up seizing the reins of British drama?

Behind hit dramas such as Sherlock, Line of Duty and The White Queen is a new superbreed of TV executive. They create the idea, cajole the talent and control the money. But is the showrunner the presiding genius or a dictatorial micro-manager?
Poetry in motion: Tom Hollander as Dylan Thomas, with co-stars Phoebe Fox and Ewen
Bremner, in 'A Poet in New York'

Tom Hollander on playing the last days of Dylan Thomas

Tom Hollander tells Gerard Gilbert how he gorged himself on chocolate to resemble the bloated hell-raiser in his decline
Kiefer Sutherland stars as Jack Bauer. The former CTU agent comes to London to risk his life and freedom to avert yet another global disaster while evading the CIA
The meaning of life: Billy Connolly with Eric Idle in ‘Big Send Off’

Josh Hartnett goes gothic for new Sky Atlantic series Penny Dreadful

The Hollywood star tells Gerard Gilbert the show is a welcome change
Ritchie is not only a deft comedy actress but a talented vocalist, too

Fresh Meat star Charlotte Ritchie on brotherly love and being unimpressed by playing Wembley

Before Charlotte Ritchie starred as Fresh Meat's rebel without a cause, Oregon, she opened for Lionel Messi at Wembley. Now the actress and singer is pairing up with two of her brothers – one real, one fictional – for a folk album and a new BBC3 comedy
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